It seems as though we are on the precipice of an identity crisis. I'm not sure if there is a precipice, but I do think that we are in the middle of a big wave and it is coming. For those of you who are watching the economic news, you know that the United States is one of the most vibrant economies in the world today and that is being fueled primarily by consumer spending. Consumers are spending more than ever before and they have the power.
What they don't know is that they are also creating this massive wave of personal and professional debt at the same time. For most people, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the mountain of debt that they are facing as they head into their adult years. For many people in their adult years, the identity crisis that they are facing is actually a much deeper crisis that they may not even be aware of. This is because, unfortunately, they are living in a state of denial about the true nature of what is happening to them.
There is a lot of anxiety that exists within most young adults these days. Identity issues are very real to them and they feel very overwhelmed and confused about who they really are. Many adolescents are going to need some guidance through this tumultuous time, and they are going to need to get help early. We are seeing a significant increase in the number of teens and young adults who are dealing with identity crises right now. This is even as there are more instances of sexually transmitted diseases in our schools.
Most of the teenagers who are facing this crisis are dealing with an ego identity crisis. They are struggling to find themselves and are unwilling to accept the fact that they are flawed human beings. This means that they have a sense of shame and their self-esteem is very low. Their parents, on the other hand, are trying their best to understand where their teenager is coming from but often fail. In some cases, the parents end up feeling guilty for not helping the teenager more. It is the parents' job to help their children learn how to deal with their identity crisis, but they may be in a helpless situation because they themselves are suffering from an identity crisis of their own.
The first step that a parent should take is to get the child to a counselor for identity diffusion. A counselor will teach the parents and teenager to be able to talk about who they are and to accept that others have different opinions about them. The first identity statuses that a person might be suffering from are considered diffuse or closed. These are the type of identity statuses that most of us came out of.
The next thing that the parents should do is to encourage their children to talk about who they are by creating a space that is unisex. This could be a bathroom or a play room. It does not have to be a separate location, but it should include both boys and girls. A strong identity crisis usually makes people feel less comfortable opening up about their true selves. However, when both sexes share the space, it allows for more communication and thus a better chance for identity diffusion.